Australia has suffered a devastating early bushfire season with fires across several states burning through hundreds of thousands of hectares and destroying hundreds of properties with the loss of many lives( theguardian.com).
This has let many of us feel helpless as we watch many of our friends, neighbours and strangers cling to hope and property as destructive fires level communities.
Enough is enough, we here at By Samantha Melbourne are fed up feeling scared, sad and hopeless to help. We are going to do what we do best - make dresses and give 100% of the profit to the extremely underfunded and fearlessly brave Victorian Country Fire Association ( CFA) and the New South Wales Rural Fire Services ( RFS). It’s our heart that you also feel that you’ve personally contributed to supporting the efforts our fire fighters and community rebuilders.
We will be 100% transparent with donations and will post fortnightly on our social media channels and email newsletter so customers can stay abreast our fundraising effort. Please know that we will not profit from the sales of any of these ‘ Bush Fire Relief dresses’, it will in fact cost us many hours in labour, logistics and other costs associated with production. We as a company will wear this cost as we desperately want to contribute in whatever way we can to assisting the CFA and RFS.
( Please note that only products marked in our "Bush Fire Relief project will have 100% of their profits donated due to fabric availability).
Given the severity of the bush fire situation, we will be offering these dresses on pre-order basis with the below timeline for production and dispatch:
Taking orders: January 3rd > January 17th
Production: January 18th > January 30th
Dispatch of orders: January 31 > February 7th